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Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W/C
Keywords: Advertising: Television commercials; Consumerism; Advertising: History
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: When there was respect for the viewer YEAH!
Great package of spots from the early-mid 60's.
COMPARE THESE WITH THE CURRENT STUFF FROM THE
GEN-X VULGARIANS-HIT YOU IN THE FACE TWO BY FOUR
CROWD AT WHATEVER AGENCIES. Newton Minnow head of
the FCC when these commercials were produced spoke of the VAST WASTELAND of television. Not
quite in his day. He was ahead of the curve by 50
years or so. The crude and vulgar are waiting to spring the "F" bomb in the current crop of spots.
They'll do it if they can and add another brick to the total MORONACIZING of the American populus.
Nice to have this record of the everyday past
especially for those who were not yetborn to show
that there have been more enlightened times.
Great ads, but these are late '50s to early-mid '60s. We had a '62 Impala convertible that looked a lot like the car in that Hertz ad. I recall the Cracker Jacks ad, and the rest of that series in the mid-late '60s as well. All of these are great examples of the period.
BTW the movie Good Neighbor Sam (1963), partly set in an ad agency, contains several spoofs of those Hertz commercials that "put you in the drivers seat".
Subject: GREAT STUFF! BUT....
Where is Volume VII? I love watching these commercials. So many memories come just come flooding back (Maybe I watched too much TV as a kid?...). I remember some of these better than the shows they sponsored. Thanks, Warren
This has been my favorite of the classic commercials collections. All of the concepts in these ads are still pretty modern (Maxwell House has used that song in recent years), but the retro look and music makes it really fun to watch. Surely the Butternut Coffee commercial was done by Jay Ward? Or it was at least meant to look like Rocky and Bullwinkle
Subject: Interesting to watch
Nice retrospective of old television commercials.
Subject: Just a tease
This is good. I love vintage commercials. However,the Cracker Jacks ad with Jack Gilford that I've been looking for for years continues to elude me. I'm looking for the one where he sits on the porch with a little boy who is digging in his pocket for something to trade for Cracker Jacks, while the Cracker Jacks song was playing. So I can't give it five stars.:)
Subject: Brief Shotlist
Many thanks to Rick Prelinger! YAY! Volume 8 in this series does not seem to be on the shotlist below. More good stuff!
1. Maxwell House coffee. Has the perculator song.
2. Butter-Nut Instant Coffee.
3. Laura Scudder's Potato Chips.
4. Cracker Jack. (Classic!)
5. Bufferin aspirin.
6. Volkswagon Beetle
7. Super Shell gasoline with Platformate!
8. Goodyear Snow Tires. (Early 60s Chrysler)
9. Hertz Rent A car. (64 Impala ragtop, people fly down into the car.)
10. Dreyfus Fund Inc. (Wall St. street scenes.)
Subject: Vintage Freberg!
The hilarious "subliminal" coffee ad has got to be the work of the legendary Stan Freberg. Cracker Jack guy is of course Jack Gilford ("Cocoon") -- I remember this ad from when I was a kid!
Subject: Couple of good un's
In this final (aww!) volume, the two that stand out most are the introduction of the Cracker Jack guy, and the motor test. All in all these are all great to watch!